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June 23, 2021

Casino Royale, San Domino and Boa Sorte

India: Goa's offshore casinos running without full authorization

(India).- Three offshore casinos, including India's biggest one, have been operating on the Mandovi river in Goa without a mandatory no objection certificate (NOC) for nearly two years, a minister said this week.


inister for Ports Nilkanth Halarnkar told the Goa legislative assembly that the three casino vessels were operating on expired NOCs.

“Action will be taken against these casino operators if they do not provide the required NOCs by April,” Halarnkar assured the assembly after the opposition grilled the minister for allowing the casinos to operate illegally.

The casinos with expired NOCs are M.V. Casino Royale, M.V. San Domino and M.V. Boa Sorte. NOCs of the first two expired in 2009.

Even ruling bench legislators took the minister to task over the failure to check contamination of the Mandovi river due to sewage discharged by the seven casino vessels anchored on it.

“Fish are vanishing from the Mandovi river because of contamination of its waters following illegal sewage discharge from the casino vessels. The Arabian sea is pushing the sewage inwards into the river, further contaminating it,” Congress legislator Dayanand Narvekar told the assembly.

Speaker Pratapsingh Rane has asked the state environment ministry to probe into the contamination issue.

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